• At Wolf Creek, Happy Days are Here Again

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    2.6.14 Scott Rappold Wolf Creek 1

    (The lovely Mrs. Rappold finds herself some freshies Feb. 2 at Wolf Creek)

    By R. Scott Rappold, funemployed journalist
    Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpress.com

    Anyone who knows me knows I like skiing powder. A lot.

    Obsessively.

    So when my wife wanted to apply for a job here in Alamosa, I supported the move enthusiastically, with visions of endless powder days at ski area Wolf Creek, the king of Colorado powder. I had made many long pilgrimages here from Colorado Springs over the years, bypassing closer ski areas to get my ski tips in the legendary snow, 430 inches a year on average, which allows them to rightfully claim to have “the most snow in Colorado.”

    And wouldn’t you know it, my arrival here in the San Luis Valley ushered in a long, extended dry spell at Wolf Creek. From around the Christmas holidays through all of January, it seemed hardly a flake fell at the king of Colorado powder. Storms went north and I chased them, all the while pining for the steep fluffy chutes, remote tree runs and huge open slopes of Alberta Peak just an hour from home. It was so warm and sunny, many slopes on Wolf Creek Pass were rocky and bare of snow, an unprecedented situation that also made me fear for the upcoming fire season. Continue Reading

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  • Monarch: 1,000 Miles from Hollywood and Then Some

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    Monarch Mountain

    Monarch Mountain

    By Troy Hawks

    Those that know Greg Ralph, marketing director at Monarch Mountain, know that 90 percent of the time there is an air of humor to his words.

    “No…I’m not interested in buying an ad in your paper…you’ve done a great job of explaining it, I get it, but I’m sorry…I’ve got some things in front of me here and I’ve gotta go now,” he says to a person persisting on the other end of the phone. Ralph hangs up, lets out a “sheesh,” and then continues with the same comedic undertone.

    “C’mon, really…are you serious,” he asks rhetorically. “Hollywood, why would I want to advertise in Hollywood…I mean really…did he bother to do any research?”

    The headquarters of Monarch’s marketing department also doubles as a seldom used ticket sales office. The blinds are normally kept drawn, and an impressive line-up of skis sit in a homemade wooden rack fastened to a half wall a few feet behind a row of three cashier stations. Behind the wall of trophy skis, hides Ralph’s desk with a spattering of ski clothes strewn on office furniture. Continue Reading

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  • Head to Steamboat for the 101st Winter Carnival

    on February 3 | in General, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with Comments Off on Head to Steamboat for the 101st Winter Carnival

    The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the 101st Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. For several days, the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping, a parade featuring Steamboat’s skiing high school band (the only one in the United States), the famous ski jöring events down Lincoln Avenue, and the spectacular night show featuring the legendary Lighted Man & fireworks display. Continue Reading

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  • Better Snow, Better Skiing, Better Beer, Better Football

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    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    From all of us here at Colorado Ski Country USA, Go Broncos!

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  • Intrawest Resorts Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

    on February 1 | in Resorts, Travel Planning & Tips | by | with Comments Off on Intrawest Resorts Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

    Combined Steamboat (Larry Pierce) & WP (Sarah Wieck)

    L-R: Larry Pierce, Steamboat; Sarah Wieck, Winter Park

    Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., the operators of Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Ski Resort, and five other North American ski resorts announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15,625,000 shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The Company priced 3,125,000 shares of its common stock and an entity controlled by certain private equity funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC priced an additional 12,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.

    The selling stockholder has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,343,750 shares of common stock. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SNOW” on January 31, 2014. The offering is expected to close on or about February 5, 2014 subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

    The net proceeds received by the Company from the offering are expected to be approximately $35.1 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and before deducting estimated offering expenses. Continue Reading

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  • Time to Ride in Crested Butte for the Big Game Weekend

    on January 31 | in General | by | with Comments Off on Time to Ride in Crested Butte for the Big Game Weekend

     

    Crested Butte Mountain Resort

    Crested Butte Mountain Resort

    What better way to celebrate Colorado’s own Denver Broncos playing in Super Bowl XLVIII than to head to the Rocky Mountains, ski all weekend and watch the big game? Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is selling $48 lift tickets for Saturday, February 1, 2014 to anyone who wears orange on their outside layer, encouraging guests to come to the mountain and be “united in orange” together on the slopes. In addition, there will be a tailgate party, large TV screens to watch the game in a base area bar, a wing eating contest, giveaways and discounted tickets on Monday too, with the price depending on the score of Sunday’s game. Continue Reading

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  • Aspen/Snowmass Celebrates Local Olympians with Sochi Sendoff

    on January 29 | in Resorts | by | with Comments Off on Aspen/Snowmass Celebrates Local Olympians with Sochi Sendoff

    Torin Yater-Wallace, Aspen

    Torin Yater-Wallace, Aspen/Snowmass

    Aspen/Snowmass will hold a community celebration to honor four local athletes headed to the Olympics. The ceremony will be held today at 4 p.m. in Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.

    The ceremony will kick off at 4 p.m. with a proclamation by the mayor of Aspen, Steve Skadron followed by the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, Mike Kaplan. The Olympians will be introduced and presented with a special gift. The ceremony will be followed by a party with food and drink specials at Chair 9 in The Little Nell.

    “This community is committed to promoting and celebrating athletic excellence, and being represented by these inspiring individuals is truly an honor for all of us,” says Mike Kaplan, Aspen Skiing Company CEO.  “All of us in the Roaring Fork Valley owe it to them to come out on Wednesday and give them our support. ”

    The four Olympians are:

    Torin Yater-Wallace – U.S. Freeskiing Team

    Jeremy Abbott – U.S. Figure Skating Team

    Simi Hamilton – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

    Noah Hoffman – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team

    This send-off follows an announcement earlier this week that Aspen/Snowmass have reached an agreement in principle to keep the X Games in Aspen through 2019. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/en/events-and-activities/events/x-games.

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  • Sometimes You Have to Drop Everything and Drive Halfway Across Colorado for a Powder Day

    on January 28 | in Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on Sometimes You Have to Drop Everything and Drive Halfway Across Colorado for a Powder Day

    Jan 21.14 Scott Rappold

    R. Scott Rappold, Copper Mountain

    By R. Scott Rappold

    Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpresss.com.

    Somewhere out there in the murkiness, in the vertigo-inducing clouds, was the powder day of a lifetime.

    It was January 14 at  Arapahoe Basin, in the midst of the biggest snowstorm of the season to date, which would leave Summit County with triple-digit snow totals by the time it moved out.

    If only I could see it. Riding the lower slopes was like skiing by brail. I knew everything underfoot was untouched powder, but to ski the upper half of the mountain? Terrifying. Montezuma Bowl? Out of the question.

    Sensory deprivation is not a good thing on skis. Goggles froze only slightly more quickly than toes in these conditions. After four runs off Pallavicini Lift, it was beer o’clock.

    As I sat nursing a beer, cursing the whiteout, I wondered, what was I doing here? Had I really dropped everything to drive halfway across the state in a misguided pursuit of powder? Would my efforts be rewarded or would blizzard-force winds wipe good snow away?

    What was this folly? Continue Reading

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  • A Sochi Send-off for Steamboat’s Olympians

    on January 26 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off on A Sochi Send-off for Steamboat’s Olympians

    Steamboat Sendoff

    Steamboat Ski Resort

    The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are right around the corner, and a town in northwest Colorado that serves as an assembly line for snowsports champions organized a going-away party on Saturday to send its hometown Olympic heroes off in style.

    The festivities began with a skills demonstration from participants in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which over the years has produced 79 Olympians. Afterwards, this year’s crop of competitors were honored onstage along with local wounded warriors and guests were treated to a torch relay, the lighting of a 15-foot cauldron that will remain lit throughout the Games, fireworks, a flash mob dance, and birthday cake. Continue Reading

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  • Powderhorn to Feature Night Riding on Friday Nights in March

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    Join us for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights at Powderhorn. We will have the Take-Four lift open to Midway with Lower Peacemaker run along with the Easy-Ride lift and Bottom’s Up run under the lights. This is the first time Powderhorn has done night skiing and we will have more days throughout the season. The discounted rates will be available starting at 2pm, with lift access open from 4-8pm. All day ticket purchasers, Season Pass Holders and P-Card user tickets will be valid until 8pm. For those coming up to use their P-Card for Night Skiing, there will not be a discounted rate linked to your card. Please purchase your ticket at the Ticket Office.
    PRICING
    Lift tickets: $15
    Rental equipment: $15
    Helmet rental: $5
    One-hour group beginner/intermediate lesson: $15 (lesson is from 4:30-5:30pm)
    90 minute Private Lesson: $90 (available starting at 4pm)
    The Bag Jump will remain open until 8pm and the Tubing Hill will offer a fourth session from 4-6pm. The ticket office will remain open until 7:30pm. Discounts available on select food and beverages. No other discounts or promotional products apply.
    Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    Head to Powderhorn for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights at Powderhorn on Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1. The Take-Four lift will be open to Midway with Lower Peacemaker run along with the Easy-Ride lift and Bottom’s Up run under the lights. This is the first time Powderhorn has done night skiing and we will have more days throughout the season. The discounted rates will be available starting at 2pm, with lift access open from 4-8pm. All day ticket purchasers, Season Pass Holders and P-Card user tickets will be valid until 8pm. There will not be a discounted rate for P-Card holders for night skiing. Please purchase tickets at the Ticket Office.

    This is the first time Powderhorn has had night riding and we will continue through the season with $15 Fridays from 3-6pm March 7, 14, 21 & 28. Continue Reading

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